Next Virtual Open House at MECA: TBD

MECA Virtual Open House Agenda

Our Open House season has come to a close but - stay tuned - we may have more in the months ahead! In the meantime catch a replay of our January 2021 Open House below as well as a few on-demand demo options.

Replay: MECA Virtual Open House, January 23. 2021. Watch on Vimeo
This info session was all about being seen at MECA — hear from students and staff about what it means to be part of MECA's community, how to access opportunities to show your work, what it's like to be in the studios, and why students chose to attend MECA.

Typical Open House agenda:
1–2pm EST: Info Session & Student Panel
+ President Laura Freid & Dean Ian Anderson begin with a welcome
+ Featured staff presentation
+ A panel of current BFA students will lead a Q+A: participation encouraged!

2:15–3pm EST: Live Artmaking Demos and Workshops
Choose from one of two live Zoom workshops detailed below.

3–5pm EST: Portfolio Reviews with Admissions Counselors and Alumni
Sign up here for a time slot and we'll text you back with a Zoom Room link and time.

Live Artmaking Demos & On-Demand Workshops

Live sessions will be live on Zoom and will be closed captioned. 

In Convo: MECA students animate "Be Seen"
Watch via MECA Vimeo
Adam Fisher, MECA Animation program chair, and Animation seniors Ruthie Harrison,'21 and Richie Ward, '21 discuss their work on the MECA "Be Seen" homepage animation as well as the MECA Game Art program. Check out the story in Cartoon Brew!

Sculpture + Design Thinking Demo: Sculpture, Process & Practice with Professor Ben Spalding
Watch via MECA Vimeo

Learn more about the studio processes you may encounter as a first-year student in the MECA Sculpture Department with Ben Spalding, Assistant Professor in Foundations.
If you’d like to participate with the video, please have these following supplies ready:
+ at least 20 sheets of paper (computer, notebook or whatever is available)
+ drawing tools of your choice
+ tape of any kind
+ any other art materials or objects that speak to you

Explore MECA at Your Own Pace

Let a MECA student lead you through Portland

Learn about what makes Portland the right-sized city for students with a student-tour of the city and select year-round highlights of all that Portland has to offer.

Virtual Film Fest

Watch films and animations by current students and recent MECA grads in our Virtual Film Fest!

"Mable and the Wolf"
by StopMotionCollab: Khayman Clancy, Sam McKenzie, Amanda Saker (all class of '20)

"Spillage"
a junior collaboration film, class of '18

"Newt: The Invincible Ball Boy (Work in Progress)"
by Corey Boynton '21

"Hotdog vs. Hotdog"
by Alex Ryan (Faculty)

"Title" is the actual title of this one.
by Logan White '20

"Penny Woes"
by Sam Tabibian '21

"Tiny Sheriff vs Slightly Larger Outlaw"
by Josh Lightbourne '20, Elise Foley '19, Taryn Perry '19

"Untitled 2D animation film"
by Will Kittridge '19

How to Apply to MECA

High School Seniors + Transfer Students: check out the next steps to apply for the undergrad program in Spring or Fall 2021

High School Sophomores + Juniors: learn more about Pre-College at MECA

Safe and Healthy MECA

Learn more about how our community is responding to COVID and keeping our community healthy.

Learn More About MECA

Schedule an appointment to chat with our staff at your convenience

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Register for this event or another Virtual Open House

SPRING 2021
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Register for a Virtual Open House

Register for a Virtual Open House at MECA

  • If you go by another name other than the one listed above, you may enter it here. Please note that this is the name we will use for emails, mailings, and name tags.
  • We'll contact you to schedule an individual portfolio review with you and an Admissions Counselor, alum, or faculty member on the day of the Open House.